Feb. 27, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – – The Ohio State fencing team defeated Notre Dame by 55 points to place first overall Sunday at the Midwest Conference Championship in South Bend, Ind. The Buckeyes claimed the title after the men’s squad finished first overall and the women fencers placed second behind the Fighting Irish. This is Ohio State’s second-consecutive Midwest Conference crown. Last season, the Buckeyes edged out top-ranked Notre Dame.

On the men’s side, Ohio State took first in all three weapons and tallied a total of 540 points, 65 points better than second place Notre Dame. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish in the semifinal bouts of both men’s epee and foil competition. The men fencers came into weekend play, 22-1 overall, with their only loss against Penn State Jan. 31 in South Bend.

The women Buckeye fencers placed second in the competition, just 10 points behind first place Notre Dame. The squad recorded a total of 490 points in the three weapons, placing first in sabre, second in foil and fourth in epee. Down 4-3, the Buckeye women rallied in the final two bouts of sabre to claim a 5-4 decision over Notre Dame. In women’s foil, the Fighting Irish topped the Buckeyes, 5-4. The women also came into Midwest Conference action with a 22-1 overall record. The women suffered their only loss this season to the Fighting Irish Jan. 31 in South Bend.

Ohio State is back in action March 6 at the Midwest Regional Championship in Detroit, Mich. The Buckeyes will shoot to qualify the maximum of 12 fencers to compete at the NCAA Championships March 17-20 in Houston Texas.

Complete results from the Midwest Conference Championship are listed below.

2005 Midwest Conference Championship Overall 1. Ohio State 1,030 2. Notre Dame 975 3. Northwestern 910 4. Wayne State 830 5. Michigan 780 6. Michigan State 700 7. Purdue 550 8. Chicago 525 9. Cleveland State 505 10. Detroit 465

Men’s Overall 1. Ohio State 540 2. Notre Dame 475 3. Northwestern 435 4. Wayne State 420 5. Michigan 360 6. Michigan State 340 7. Purdue 315 8. Cleveland State 295 9. Bowling Green 280 10. Detroit 225

Women’s Overall 1. Notre Dame 500 2. Ohio State 490 3. Northwestern 475 4. Michigan 420 5. Wayne State 410 6. Michigan State 360 7. Chicago 310 8. Detroit 240 9. Purdue 235 10. Cleveland State 210